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Serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin murdered Gerald Gordon outside a synagogue in St. Louis.

Update: Franklin was executed this morning.

A federal appeals court on Wednesday morning lifted the stay of execution for white supremacist serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin, CNN reports.

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Franklin is on death row four the 1977 murder of Gerald Gordon outside a synagogue in St. Louis. In October 1977, Franklin fired five shots at a group of worshipers leaving a synagogue in Richmond Heights, killing Gerald Gordon and wounding Steven Goldman and William Ash.

This cowardly and calculated shooting was only one of many senseless acts of extreme violence that Franklin, motivated by racial and religious intolerance, committed against numerous victims across the country – from Tennessee and Ohio to Utah and Wisconsin. He is blamed for 22 murders.

Franklin is challenging Missouri’s decision to use the drug pentobarbital as part of lethal injection protocol, arguing it would violate the ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided early Wednesday that Franklin’s lawyers had not provided enough evidence to warrant a stay of execution.

This decision came after a number of a legal maneuvers in the last couple days.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s Office released this statement Monday:

“Earlier today, I received from my counsel a final briefing on the petition for clemency from Joseph P. Franklin, which has been reviewed in detail. After careful deliberation, I have denied this petition.”

Nixon denied clemency arguing Franklin had committed “merciless acts of violence, fueled by hate.”

Franklin also admitted to the attempted assassinations of Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt in 1978 and civil rights leader Vernon Jordan in 1980. Flynt, who was paralyzed by Franklin’s bullet, has called for clemency for Franklin, saying “the government has no business at all being in the business of killing people.”

Actually, reducing the number of killers is most definitely the business of government, way up there, alongside the business of making sure everybody gets as much pornography as they like.

Of course, the coming execution of Joseph Paul Franklin only prolongs the age old debate of why do notorious killers have three names.

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18 COMMENTS

  1. He was a serial killer, who murdered at least 22 people, one of whom was Jewish. He didn’t specifically target Jews; he hated everybody. Labeling him as a “Jew-killer” is disingenuous. Is O.J. Simpson a “Jew-killer” because Ron Goldman was Jewish (assuming that O.J. even did it, which I have big doubts about)?

  2. He was a serial killer, who murdered at least 22 people, one of whom was Jewish. He didn't specifically target Jews; he hated everybody. Labeling him as a "Jew-killer" is disingenuous. Is O.J. Simpson a "Jew-killer" because Ron Goldman was Jewish (assuming that O.J. even did it, which I have big doubts about)?

  3. Dan actually when he killed Gerald Gordon he was attacking Jews. He looked up the synagogue that he attacked in the yellow pages before going there and specifically targeted it. Gerald Gordon was killed coming out from a bar mitzvah of the son of a friend of his. I know I work at the synagogue where it happened.

  4. Dan actually when he killed Gerald Gordon he was attacking Jews. He looked up the synagogue that he attacked in the yellow pages before going there and specifically targeted it. Gerald Gordon was killed coming out from a bar mitzvah of the son of a friend of his. I know I work at the synagogue where it happened.

  5. God said the person who shed's blood should have his blood shed, doesn't matter if Jewish, Gentile or what ever, hang the idiot high until dead and then bury him the same day. Once found to have committed the crime, should die the next day period and that would stop a lot of this crime. Swift justice, period.

  6. As a convicted killer on death row he had a lot of time to think about his impending death. I am guessing that he died many deaths before being executed. At least his victims were spared that. His was the worse fate and he deserved it.

  7. Jimmy Klaber was the Regional ADL Director at the time of the brutal murder of Gerald Gordon at Brith Sholom Kneseth Israel. Klaber worked tirelessly with law enforcement officials who were eventually able to formally charge Joseph Paul Franklin. Franklin was convicted of seven other murders, but the Missouri Gerald Gordon case was the only one resulting in a death sentence. Thank G-D for Jimmy Klaber!

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